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CPH students win First Place at 7th Pharmaceutical Care Conference | Qatar University

CPH students win First Place at 7th Pharmaceutical Care Conference

2017-05-04 00:00:00.0

CPH students won First Place for their poster presentation at the 7th Pharmaceutical Care Conference, which was recently held in Oman.

4th-year Pharmacy students Farah Zahrah, Sara Abdulrahim and Nour Isleem presented a poster entitled “Physical comorbidities and their management in patients with severe mental illness”. The students were supervised by Dr Monica Zollezi, CPH Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Structured Practical Experiences in Pharmacy (SPEP) program.

The students presented their poster in front of a panel of judges comprising industry experts and international guest speakers -- President of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Joan Peppard, President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation Carmen Pena Lopez, and American Council for Pharmacy Education Executive Director Michael Rouse.

Commenting on the students’ achievement, CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said: “We take pride in providing our students with a rich and varied learning experience. Our students are well equipped with the right tools and resources, and under strong mentorship of our faculty, they excel as students and as future graduates conducting research in the workplace, an important initiative of Qatar’s National Health Strategy.”

CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Alla El-Awaisi congratulated the winning students and said: “Our students excel in national and international venues and have done extremely well scooping top prize awards. This is a strong testament of the extremely high caliber of our students who are enrolled in our program both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and our capable faculty supervising these students.”

Dr Monica Zolezzi said: “The 7th Pharmaceutical Care Conference in Oman was the perfect opportunity to showcase the quality research undertaken at our college. Indeed a great recognition to the students’ work over the past year.”

Sara Abdulrahim said: “Attending the 7th Pharmaceutical Care Conference in Oman was such a successful experience that allowed us as undergraduate students to share our achievements and gain great experience from other delegates as well. Being extremely organized and passionate about our research was the main reason for judges and audience to admire our hard work especially that we focused on physical comorbidities in psychiatric patients, an area that is usually underrepresented in Arab world. Our research has some very interesting findings that will hopefully attract health care professional attention towards caring for psychiatric patients with physical comorbidities more efficiently. Winning the first place in poster presentation was such a big achievement for us as students as well as for the College of Pharmacy.”

Nour Isleem said: “It was a great experience to attend this conference which focused entirely on optimizing patient care outcome and safety. More than 800 health care practitioners attended the conference, which gave us the chance to interact with many experts in the field and learn from them a lot.”

Farah Zahra said: “I was so proud to represent Qatar University in such an important conference, especially in the poster competition, in which we won the first place. I had to meet people from various cultures and backgrounds, which enhanced my social skills.”